The plot thickens with our phone provider. Telkom are the local phone monopoly and generally their service is good although very expensive. Apparently, on the 26th of August someone -it now transpires that it was our ISP- requested that our DSL line be cancelled. Very helpful! Then on Monday out landline went dead, yes the bill was paid on time. Following a few trips into the local Telkom office, several frustrating calls to our useless ISP we remain without phone line or internet connection. The explanations given for this debacle are complex, varied (in that they constantly change) and very very frustraqting as no-one seems to want to take responsibility for it. So, if you've tried being in touch and felt shunned, please don't take it personally.
The only positive to all this is that I've got to sit in a local coffee house using their Wi-Fi and abuse their Bottomless Hot Chocolate.